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Arizona woman used baby doll to drive in HOV lane

Posted: 9:41 AM, Sep 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-26 15:57:53Z

Another Arizona driver has been caught using the HOV lane with a fake passenger -- this time, it was a baby doll in a car seat. 

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said Wednesday that a trooper stopped a woman driving along eastbound Loop 202 Santan near Alma School Road earlier this month.

DPS says the 48-year-old  woman from Chandler told the trooper she was picking up her grandchild when she was stopped. 

"This was the 2nd time in less than a week troopers caught someone violating HOV Lane rules by using fake persons. It is unacceptable and unfair and you will find yourself with a court date when we catch you," DPS tweeted. 

In the other case this month, troopers stopped a woman who was in the HOV lane on the Loop 202 with a mannequin in the passenger seat.  That driver was issued a citation, which carries a minimum $400 charge.

Troopers cite more than 4,000 HOV lane violators annually.